IQVIA, a global provider of information technology solutions and human data science, will be launching a digital healthcare platform to help connect healthcare professionals across Afrika and the Middle East. According to the company, their aim is to deepen networking and collaboration among healthcare providers and help stem the ugly trend of inter-professional rivalry, especially in Nigeria's health industry.
This is partly as a result of a communiqué that was issued at the end of the Inter-Professional Collaboration Symposium organized by the Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy in collaboration with the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN. The event which held on 11 May 2017 at the University of Lagos encapsulated an 8-points resolution and identified the concept of universal communication and collaboration among healthcare professionals in Nigeria that is yielding documented benefits and gains in the healthcare sector across the world.
"We believe in collaboration and networking in an environment that can be trusted and one which is dedicated to verified healthcare professionals across Nigeria, Africa as a whole and the Middle East. The IQVIA HCPSpace will help improve the Healthcare Professionals' practice, patient experience and produce desired healthcare outcomes," said Remi Adeseun, Country Manager at IQVIA West Africa.
The digital healthcare platform called IQVIA HCPSpace, will apparently be designed to to bring together all specialties and sub specialties in the health sector, including Doctors, Pharmacists, Nurses, Medical Laboratory Scientists, and all other Healthcare Professionals. The platform will allow them to connect to their healthcare peers, follow Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs), discuss medical cases, establish public/private groups, view videos for increased knowledge, earn Continuing Professional Development, CPD points from content provided by approved bodies and KOLs, find jobs and career opportunities across multiple regions in Afrika and the Middle East.
IQVIA have indicated that the platform is device-independent, and it will be available for free download as a native IOS and Android app.
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